Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day540 Monday 02/20/12

ran 3.4 miles
As deciphering news often becomes confusing and contradictory, even more so when it is in the form of words coming out of the mouths of politicians, particularly our president, it is important to remember to go with your common sense. It is the most vital tool you can rely on.

For example, Barack Obama often stands in front of thousands of people, or in front of a camera, speaking to millions of people, and he smiles and says America is moving in the right direction, that our economy is moving forward, and that he deserves four more years. My gut and my common sense tell me otherwise. Most arguments he makes to showcase what he refers to as progress are at the peril of stacking up national debt to a level that is simply unsustainable. Any one of us could grin and lie about anything we wished if we too had a stack of blank checks or a credit card with no limit. But we don’t and that is because things like this do not exist. Our president thinks otherwise.

Here you go. You be the judge. Here are eighteen facts with sources affirming that the economy has not improved, but exponentially worsened, since Barack Obama became president. Somebody is lying here. It’s either our president or the eighteen different sources that these statistics came from. Here is the story.
  • 88 million working-age Americans that are not employed and are not looking for employment (all-time record high).
  • When Obama was elected, 15% of unemployed Americans had been out of work for 52 weeks. Today it is above 30%.
  • 1.2 million fewer jobs in America today than before Obama was sworn in.
  • The number of long-term unemployed workers before Obama was 2.6 million. Today, the number is 5.6 million.
  • Average duration of unemployment in America is close to an all-time record high.
  • Under Obama, worker’s health insurance costs have increased 23%.
  • 90% increase in the price of gas.
  • Home values in America have declined 13% under Barack Obama.
  • New home sales in America set a new all-time low in 2009, again in 2010, and once again in 2011.
  • 6 million more Americans in poverty under Obama.
  • Number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.
  • Amount of money the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32%.
  • Percentage of Americans in “extreme poverty” is now at an all-time high.
  • When Obama took office an ounce of gold was worth about $850. An ounce of gold is now worth more than $1700.
  • U.S. national debt has increased 44% under Barack Obama.
  • During Obama’s first two years, our government added more to our national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.
  • Under Obama, our government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time of George Washington all the way through Clinton.
  • U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than $4 billion per day since Obama was sworn in.
Things will all be fine very soon, though. Give this guy another four years and see.

424.5 miles to go.

Here is what happened one year ago on Day175.

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